With the after-effects of the EU referendum, changes in government and back-biting in both camps still dominating the headlines, what the future holds is still uncertain. What Brexit will mean to the print industry is a hot topic and in this issue we asked a number of industry stalwarts to comment on any impact, particularly on pricing, to date. The general consensus is that it’s too early to predict how the economic impact of Brexit is going to affect consumables and hardware pricing, and in turn dealer margins. The decision has been made and as an industry we all need to move forward, focus on the positives and not on the negatives. It’s business as usual, but that said, approaching the future with caution appears to be the order of the day.
Toshiba TEC and Canon have just launched new MFP ranges. With both launches, the OEMs are bringing new capabilities to dealers. Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 series (page 46) offers signifiant improvements in reducing the cost to serve for partners, which will I am sure, go down well with the channel, who may potentially be facing price increases as mentioned above. And, according to Toshiba’s Chris Mills, the new twelve-strong range of A3 MFPs featuring the innovative e-BRIDGE Next controller (see page 30) is the most positively received product line-up the company has had in his 15 years at Toshiba.
Congratulations again to Brother UK MD Phil Jones on his MBE, fid out more about what makes him tick in and outside of work on page 40.
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James Goulding, Editor
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